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52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada

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Celebrating Guelph’s stories!

The Guelph Civic Museum showcases Guelph’s history through permanent and changing exhibits, a fun and interactive families gallery, and special events and activities.  Located in the recently renovated Loretto Convent, atop the hill at Norfolk Street and beside the landmark Church of Our Lady, the museum is home to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that bring Guelph’s past to life.

2012

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 52 Norfolk Street, the former Loretto Convent.

2000

The “Growing Up in Guelph Children’s Museum” opens at the Civic Museum. The popular children’s gallery attracts many more visitors and significantly increases the number of family memberships.

1980

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 6 Dublin Street South, a commercial limestone building built c.1855. The building had many uses over the years but was most recently known as the Knights of Columbus Hall.

1967

Canada’s Centennial Year. The Museum opens in its first home in the horse stables, now the Farmer’s Market.

1960’s

Members of the Guelph Historical Society begin to collect artifacts and displays are mounted in store fronts and community centres.

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June 2017

To The Gathering Place

June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 6:30 PM From the Attawandaron Nation that gathered to farm and trade, to the most recent newcomers journeying from across the globe, Guelph has been shaped and enriched by the individuals and families who have traveled to it. Through personal accounts, artifacts and images, To the Gathering Place presents an engaging selection of stories of those who have searched for new beginnings in Guelph. Guest curated by Lisa Hunter. Funded in part by the Government of…

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September 2017

The Sweet Life: Treats and Sweets in Guelph

September 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Wall of Art: Standing Guard

September 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Opening reception: September 22 | 6:30 PM Performance by Annakin Slayd | 7 PM   The Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph Arts Council and the City of Guelph are pleased to present the “Wall of Art” juried exhibition series, featuring excellent artists from Guelph Arts Council’s membership. This exciting series aims to showcase the breadth of local talent that we have here in Guelph as well as provide artists with a unique opportunity to share their work with a larger audience.…

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Fourth Friday: Annakin Slayd

September 22 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by Annakin Slayd! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including Canadian, Eh!, To The Gathering Place and Wall of Art: Standing Guard. Annakin Slayd aka Andrew Farrar is a writer/director/actor/musician from Montreal.…

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Canadian, Eh! A History of the Nation’s Signs and Symbols

September 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - February 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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RECEPTION: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 | 6:30 PM Performance by Annakin Slayd at 7 PM Through art and artifacts, explore the official and unofficial signs and symbols that communicate our history, culture, and distinct national identity. “Our national identity is complex and nuanced,” says Dawn Owen, Curator at Guelph Museums. “And so too are the signifiers of our nationhood. From the iconic landscapes of the Group of Seven to our edible exports (beer, maple syrup, and poutine), from our national sports (lacrosse in…

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In Conversation: Lisa Hunter

September 24 @ 2:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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From the Attawandaron Nation to the most recent newcomers from across the globe, discover stories of those who have shaped and enriched our community and found new beginnings in Guelph. Explore To the Gathering Place with guest curator Lisa Hunter.   Funded in part by the Government of Canada Financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada

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School’s Out, Museum’s In PD Day

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 10:00am

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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No teachers, no books, but lots of great activities at Guelph Civic Museum all day.  

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October 2017
FREE

An Evening of Storytelling: Adwoa Badoe

October 4 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join the Guelph Guild of Storytellers and special guests. October 4                    Adwoa Badoe November 1                Jan Sherman December 6                Seasonal stories and treats

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Tiny Tot Thursday: Special Guest: CC & Me

October 5 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Drop in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years old and their caregivers. September's theme:   Special guest – CC & Me   Upcoming dates: November 2                Robots

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Canadian Eh Volunteer Appreciation

October 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Celebrating You! Guelph Museums volunteers are invited to a Canadian Eh Party to celebrate the great Canadian tradition of voluntarism! Food, friends, and Eh-team fun! Games and door prizes Awards presentation   Please RSVP by September 28 519-836-1221 or register online here.

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Admission by donation

Military Lecture: The Twin Legacies

October 19 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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The Twin Legacies of War: Indigenous Veterans, Colonialism and Political Activism, 1914-1939 presented by Eric Story. Offered in partnership with Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies   Upcoming Lecture: November 16              Mike Bechthold, Bloody April: The Air Battle Over Vimy and Arras in 1917

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$15

Party Like It’s 1867 Tea

October 22 @ 1:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 3:00pm, repeating until October 22, 2017

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Treat yourself to an 1867 themed afternoon tea at the Civic Museum. There will be two seatings, at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Relax and enjoy the season with fresh scones, jam, shortbread cookies, fresh fruit and bottomless pots of McCrae Private Blend and Guelph Town Garden Blend teas.  While at the museum, visit the current galleries and exhibitions, including Canadian Eh? and To the Gathering Place. Tickets in advance | $15 + HST

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FREE

Fourth Friday: Andrew Craig

October 27 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by Andrew Craig! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canada Eh and Wall of Art: Standing Guard. Andrew Craig is a true Renaissance man in the arts: singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer,…

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November 2017
FREE

An Evening of Storytelling: Jan Sherman

November 1 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join the Guelph Guild of Storytellers and special guests. November 1                Jan Sherman December 6                Seasonal stories and treats

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Tiny Tot Thursday: Robots

November 2 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Drop in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years old and their caregivers. November's theme: Robots  

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Admission by donation

Military Lecture: Bloody April

November 16 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Bloody April: The Air Battle Over Vimy and Arras in 1917 presented by Mike Bechthold. Offered in partnership with Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies  

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FREE

Fourth Friday: The Cocksure Lads

November 24 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by The Cocksure Lads - Mike Ford and Murray Foster! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canadian Eh? and Wall of Art: Standing Guard. In 2010, Murray Foster and…

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December 2017
$15

Celebrate Like It’s 1967 Tea

December 3 @ 1:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 3:00pm, repeating until December 3, 2017

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Treat yourself to a centennial themed afternoon tea at the Civic Museum. There will be two seatings, at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Relax and enjoy the season with fresh scones, jam, shortbread cookies, fresh fruit and bottomless pots of McCrae Private Blend and Guelph Town Garden Blend teas.  While at the museum, visit the current galleries and exhibitions, including Canadian Eh? and To the Gathering Place. Tickets in advance | $15 + HST

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$15

Party Like It’s 1967 Tea

December 3 @ 1:00 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 3:00pm

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Treat yourself to a centennial themed afternoon tea at the Civic Museum. There will be two seatings, at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Relax and enjoy the season with fresh scones, jam, shortbread cookies, fresh fruit and bottomless pots of McCrae Private Blend and Guelph Town Garden Blend teas.  While at the museum, visit the current galleries and exhibitions, including Canadian Eh? and To the Gathering Place. Tickets in advance | $15 + HST

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An Evening of Storytelling: Seasonal stories and treats

December 6 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join the Guelph Guild of Storytellers and special guests. December 6                Seasonal stories and treats

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FREE

Fourth Friday: D’eve Archer

December 22 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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To celebrate Canada at 150 and Guelph at 190, Guelph Museums presents Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert Series. Kick off your weekend with a performance by D'eve Archer! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canada Eh and Wall of Art: Standing Guard. Blending musical elements of her Jamaican heritage, with her small town Canadian…

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